Over the years, I’ve posted a couple of “keeping it real” types of posts. But even still, I continue to get emails from readers who want to know how I live in such a small space and stay so organized, or how I organize all of my tools and craft supplies.
The answer is simple. I don’t.
I’ve said it a thousand times, and I’ll say it again. Our perception of how people live is often quite different from the reality of how they live. And when it comes to bloggers (especially this blogger), always keep in mind that it’s quite simple to push piles of junk over to the side to take a picture. It’s easy to crop a picture so that only the pretty item shows.
So today, I’m tearing down the curtain once and for all. Let me introduce you to my storage building…
And here’s the view of the other side…
It’s a 10′ X 15′ building (I think) that I rent, and as you can see, I’ve piled it high with STUFF. I’m sure you’ll recognize some of the items in there, too. Here’s the headboard and footboard bench.
On the armoire, you’ll see the drinking straw pendant light…
Peeking out from this pile you’ll see the headboard that I made for my room in the Waco Symphony Designer Showhouse.
I could go on and on, but you get the idea. There are coffee tables, chandeliers, chairs, lamps….SO.MUCH.STUFF!!!
Now you might be thinking, “Well, sure…it’s a bit messy, but it’s just one storage room. That’s not too bad.”
Well, it’s not just one storage room. You see, I filled up my own storage room, so my junk has now overflowed into my parents’ storage building…the storage building that they bought and built in order to store their own things. Yep, it’s now full of my stuff.
Not every single thing in there is mine. They’ve managed to wedge some of their stuff in there amongst my stuff. But the majority of this stuff is mine. Fabric books from fabric vendors, chandeliers, lamps, junk, junk, junk.
And I wish I could say it ends there. Unfortunately, there’s more. They have one more tiny storage building in their back yard (that actually used to be my treehouse when I was little), and it’s also being used to store some of my stuff. Chalkboards, tables, chairs, chandeliers…
I’m out of control. Maybe there’s a support group for people like me.
I really want…and NEED…to get this under control. There’s just so much good stuff in there!! But I’m making it a goal for this summer to get these storage buildings under control, and to hopefully be able to let go of the storage building that I’m paying for each month.
So there you have it. Don’t be fooled by pretty pictures on my blog that portray me as some neat, organized person. I’m the exact opposite of neat and organized.
Addicted 2 Decorating is where I share my DIY and decorating journey as I remodel and decorate the 1948 fixer upper that my husband, Matt, and I bought in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do physical work, so I do the majority of the work on the house by myself. You can learn more about me here.